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A Few Words on HR8 from FOAC President, Kim Stolfer

Are your fellow gun owners asleep at the switch and oblivious to what is REALLY going on?? Remember, they can’t TAKE our Freedom BUT we can give it away through Apathy and Inaction!

In keeping with the theme above, you have probably heard, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on two gun control bills last week. One of these bills, H.R. 8, would ban common place zero-risk firearm transfers, essentially criminalizing law-abiding citizens.

H.R. 8 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 240 to 190. News media outlets like CNN claim that the bill passed with bipartisan support. Looking at the breakdown of the vote, the proposed law did not enjoy as much bipartisan support as CNN claimed.

Out of the 197 Republican members of the House only eight voted for the measure with PA turncoat Rep. Fitzpatrick being one of them. Two Democrats, Jared Golden of Maine and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, joined the other 189 Republican members of the House in voting against it.

The other, H.R. 1112, removes the three-day limit to complete a background check and without a 3-day limit, the FBI has no incentive to get background checks done in a timely manner. The legislation mandates that this be extended to minimum of 10 days. However, the reality is what will end up happening is that people will be delayed much longer and even possibly forever to get their firearms. When that happens the next step, appealing the determination of the National Instant (?) Background Check system, is currently backlogged to the point that appeals are taking more than a year right now.

Delaying someone’s right to defend themselves can be deadly. In New Jersey, a woman named Carol Bowne was murdered by her ex-boyfriend after she became stuck waiting 43 days for her firearm permit just to purchase and possess her firearm.

FOAC is committed to seeing firearm wielding violent criminals held responsible but NOT at the expense of the Rights of law-abiding citizens and our Constitution!! Neither of these bills would have prevented a single mass murder (not Aurora, Ill. – Parkland, Fla. or Charleston, SC) in the last 25 years.

Universal Background Checks — Rights or Privileges?

Capitol Hill Democrats woke up Wednesday chomping at the bit to pass an invasive, sweeping piece of legislation—H.R. 8, the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019”—Democrats in the “other Washington” (Washington state) are also pushing several stricter gun control measures. The overall national anti-gun push is leading many to wonder if the Democrat party has forgotten the difference between “rights” and “privileges,” or whether Democrat lawmakers just doesn’t care.

Efforts to ban so-called “assault rifles” have cooled temporarily, but Democrats in Washington clearly have their sights firmly fixed on the 2nd Amendment.

So, why are they doing this? Can Democrats be so averse to the 2nd Amendment that they are doing everything possible to destroy it?

Banning an entire class of firearms is a non-starter with Congressman Mullins and his GOP colleagues who oppose H.R. 8. The bill may pass in the House, but it is almost certainly going to face difficulty in the Republican-controlled Senate, and here’s why:

“H.R. 8 fails to prevent gun violence. Over 77 percent of criminals in state prisons for firearm crimes obtained a firearm on the black market, on the street, from a drug dealer, or through theft, according to the Department of Justice.

“Stricter gun laws do not always equate to safer cities. Look to Chicago, where Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.”

The legislation would not have prevented shootings at Columbine High School, Fort Hood, the Aurora movie theater, Las Vegas, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Washington D.C. Navy Yard or Sandy Hook. But Democrats don’t appear to care. Anti-gunners want a symbolic win, another trophy on their mantle.

“House Democrats will continue to carry on about how their bill will ‘prevent’ future gun violence,” Congressman Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma writes at Fox News. “But H.R. 8 will not prevent gun violence at the hands of criminals. Current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America.”

He says that H.R. 8 could turn honest gun owners into criminals. Some in the 2nd Amendment community wonder if that isn’t the plan; disqualify as many people as possible from being able to own firearms, making it easier to trample over them in a rush to erase the 2nd Amendment from the Bill of Rights.

Far-fetched? Hmmm…..